FYI, Rep. Lamar Smith, the stubborn ox of a congressman pushing the awful Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) to a vote, said some unflattering things about opponents of his bill — which is basically the entire internet — that appear to have gone largely unnoticed last week.
“The criticism of this bill is completely hypothetical; none of it is based in reality. Not one of the critics was able to point to any language in the bill that would in any way harm the Internet. Their accusations are simply not supported by any facts…It’s a vocal minority. Because they’re strident doesn’t mean they’re either legitimate or large in number. One, they need to read the language. Show me the language. There’s nothing they can point to that does what they say it does do. I think their fears are unfounded.”
So what about the fact that every major player on the web and virtually all of the people involved with its invention have come out to voice opposition to it? Call me crazy, but I’m pretty pretty sure the people who run Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc. are pretty damn “legitimate” and have actually taken the time to read the bill inside and out a 1001 times.
Not that we needed it it, but here’s yet another reason why we can no longer afford to tolerate having leaders who don’t know f*ck about the internet and how it works in office anymore. This as$hole just thinks you’re all just a bunch of misinformed stoners jacking off to internet porn — internet porn you probably stole. “WHY WON’T YOU JUST SHUTUP AND DO AS WE TELL YOU TO DO?!”
Please don’t sleep on this, you guys. Lamar Smith — who biggest campaign contributors — is a stubborn fossil who could not be more wrong and is frankly dangerous at this point.